SKIN IN THE GAME: THE RAVEN RILEY STORY Image

If you spent the previous decade snooping around the Internet for porn, you are probably familiar with Raven Riley. For a brief period, she was the sassy, funny queen of the X-rated webcams – and her fan base was so intense that some viewers wrote songs about her while others queried her for advice on their love lives. She was on the verge of crossing over from the fringe world of adult entertainment into the mainstream, but she abruptly withdrew from the limelight and left behind a trail of chaos.

This fascinating documentary by David Pilot traces Raven’s unlikely rise from teenage slacker in small town Ohio to clothing-free goddess. Unwilling to go to college and unhappy about the prospect of joining her mother in a job as a nursing home aide, she accepted an invitation from a friend to pose in some bikini shots for a local photographer. More gigs followed, and these involved fewer garments of clothing. In short time, Raven was packaged into the Internet’s naughty girl next door, with website that was rich with webcam shows, suggestive photos and saucy blog postings.

Raven was clever enough to keep her growing online fan base entertained and shrewd enough to demand a substantial cut of the revenues from her online exploits from her business partners Tom Leach and Jay Morris. She even brought in her boyfriend, a handsome Army vet, to co-star in a series of short comic porn videos – a wise move, since their romantic chemistry and goofy on-screen personalities helped give these videos an uncommon degree of charm that pleased her audience.

But Raven tripped up in several ways. She foolishly believed that the vastness of the Internet would prevent friends and families from discovering her online activities – of course, they found out, which isolated her from those who championed her during her formative years. And her effort to become an actress with the erotic horror film “Succubus” short-circuited when the film proved to be a financial failure – and, truth be told, she lacked the talent to anchor a feature-length narrative. Her marriage to her boyfriend seemed to bring some degree of security, but Raven’s surprise decision to jettison her mini-porn kingdom ended in divorce, litigation, and bitter feelings with those who helped bring her to XXX stardom.

Why Raven decided to call it quits so early is not clear – she opted not to participate in the final portion of this documentary, and the comments from her still-angry collaborators give the impression of dramatically out-of-character behavior. (The men in her life were driven to extremes – fundamentalist religion or self-destructive behavior – after she left, which says more about them than about her.) Perhaps she realized that her vogue was expiring – in several videos from her webcam shows, she comments with puzzlement over the shrinking audience levels. A photo of Raven posing with Paris Hilton offers a quiet lesson in the failure to differentiate between notoriety and popularity.

Director Pilot does a marvelous job in piecing together a crazy quilt of insightful interviews and smutty video clips into a stunning profile of a sexy yet elusive creature. This is one of the most intelligent and provocative films about the adult entertainment business.

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  1. Cordell says:

    So how are we to know which is real? The woman I met was named Caroline Helen Dupond but she called herself Helen. She video chat me and we called each other but for very short times and the videos was blurry didn’t seem right.

  2. Deb says:

    I talked to the real Raven Riley on the phone yesterday along with ive been on video chat almost every day last year..she is the real Raven as she looks exactly like her photos from her portfolio from her earlier years.

    • Robert morley says:

      Deb u didn’t talk to raven Riley even she is not using a telephone it was stolen in sept by a few people who stole everything she had i pad we use to to talk on Skype or whats app and I mem
      Raven Riley is retired and has not had any social media on any sife4

      Raven Riley is got no phone it was stolen after her birthday about a phone i pad gone but we got her old computer until till pc but it not equipped with cam but so we can video chat i’l can telll u she is not going to come out of retirement and poxt porn she has no plans to ever return to porn it was due to Tom leach change every pw user name so she got locked out of all sites and she was trying to open own business with Jay Morris or Jay mann as he goes by and law suits she knew that it was going to be a long and expensive so she decided to go in to hiding in another country untill she could return to Pennsylvania and live with a paocher chasing and training in Africa for gray mammals

      H

  3. Steve Knight says:

    Ok, I’m sorry but reading the comments here is hilarious. She was lying the whole time, I busted her and then she started claiming she really was Raven Riley. Admittedly I goofed and gave it away too quick. Caught her in all those lies and left her swearing up and down that it was her, and that she needed money to reactivate her airtime so she could use her phone’s camera. She was going by the name of Mercy Boateng. Her language skills were horrible, no way she’s an American. She claimed that her mom was South African from Ghana. This person was a very bad liar. Don’t fall for her lies guys!

  4. Jose Schallier says:

    Raven is een el vriendelijk mooi, sexy meisje, gaat snel uit de kleren en blijkt mooier naakt dan al haar geparfumeerde vrienden en vriendinnen, ik had het (on)geluk haar te ontmoeten.
    Maar voor mij is zij de mooiste van de wereldbol. Ik hoop dat zij deze zinnen toegestuurd krijgt en dat ze nog veel geluk mag hebben
    Jose schallier

  5. Eddie says:

    Lol Sarah Pate is doing quite well these days. She is not a scammer I can tell you this! She does not need to scam lets face it when you’re that beautiful you never will need to scam!lolPEACE

  6. Robert says:

    This documentary is a lost thing on the internet. Even the last page on Google didnt reveal anything. I really like to know what was going about Sarah and Jay etc
    Bummer 🙁

  7. Michael Hudson says:

    I don’t know why Raven or Sarah decided to quit the adult entertainment industry. But I’m sure that she had her reasons. I like this documentary because it gives some more insight to this troubled women’s life. I hope wherever she is that she is happy. I would like to meet her some day.

  8. Bob Adkins says:

    What is she doing now ?

  9. Rick Townley says:

    I spoke with her I kno where she’s at

    • Rob says:

      You don’t know anything about were she is lol u tell me if you think you know I know that you don’t see I live with her and she is my friend who is with benefits and I can tell you that she is not where any one knows about it is a lie she is not in the usa but she is with me and she is not going to return born again and she is happy with her new life that I will garranty 😇💯💥

    • Robert says:

      No you don’t talk to her and u don’t know were she is

    • Michael Hudson says:

      So where is she if you know.? Share!

      • Robert says:

        She is with her granny in Alabama and she is dating me and she is not going to ever return to porn she is happy and doing well I understand that every one thinks they know we’re she is but it is inpossile to know when she has mot been in contact with anyone else in the business and no friends from her past lia 19 kate ground brook Skye no longer has contact with outside of her house and friends who don’t know what she was but she is happy and enjoying her life 😜💯

      • Rob says:

        She is not going to reveal her location but she is in Alabama and living with her new boyfriend and living with her grandmother

        • Robert morley says:

          love you and miss you i will be visiting when I can coronavirus is keeping me from getting to visit but it will be in Pennsylvania i f u a nd kj can figure out when coronavirus is restriction is able to allow more freedom but get a chance to be touching ur awesome body and kiss you 💖 all over urd sexy wet and juicy p***y with you again soon i dream of u often and I hope you will please see my message and reply 🍆🍊

  10. Mike Scavone says:

    Did riley have a baby?

  11. Calvin rice says:

    Was Raven Riley really married to this guy she Co stared in subbuss

  12. Charles warren says:

    Raven this is your man charles from waco texas. And my hats off to you honey your one tough woman

  13. Skeeter says:

    Old lonely men – No one wants to meet you in person, especially not young beautiful women. You are being scammed. Stop sending money. Cute young girls don’t have to fly across the country to meet a fat old dude. Try meeting someone your age and of similar attractiveness. If whomever you are chatting with is attractive, there is s 99.99% chance they are using someone else’s photo in effort to get you to send them money or gift cards.

    On topic – I spent many tissues on Raven Riley during my teenage years. Hope she’s doing well.

    • Robert says:

      Raven riley is doing well she is got a regular boyfriend who loves her and she loves him and they don’t want nothing to do with Tom leach and Jay mann or any people from her past she has moved on to new adventures with her mab

  14. Love you and I see you soon

  15. Robert says:

    Well the best thing she could of done now i am finally able to bring happiness to her life and we never gonna do any things to do with a site or her doi porn regardless of her friend liz vicious she doesn’t want to let her fad away from any lime light with fake profiles

  16. Ed smith says:

    She is a scammer and slut she now has a tramp stamp tatoo. She needs to spend some time behind bars. She is no good.

  17. Calvin Rice says:

    Myself I’m taking to a lady that claim to be Raven Riley for the past five years,it seems like to me ,everytime it comes time to meet in person, something always seem to happen, it’s always about money, like now her passport and Visa has expired,wish I knew for what’s going on.

  18. Gary Love says:

    I have her or someone pretending to be her and I’m quite fond of the visits we have had for almost two years. I was shocked and disappointed to discover Ravin Riley she is the sweet beautiful woman I have been talking to for many lonely nights talked to someone yesterday hope it was her and hope she is not doing that anymore she seems like a great person

  19. Gary Gurule says:

    Watch out for Kiki Bella on Facebook it’s Leroy Gurule a retired old man pretending he’s Kiki Bella using Raven Riley s photos trying to scam money he got me for 40dollars phone card I never heard of Raven Riley till klki send me a friend request I started to fall for it then I did some research on the internet and Kiki s face appeared as Raven Riley The porn Star beautiful young lady I almost fell for it Kiki Bella on face is fake

  20. Glenn says:

    Talking to a girl name Carlt who claims to be Raven. Says she in Hawaii and wants to come fly to SC to meet me if I allow her dad company to wire money to me for me to send to her. I’m so sure. But I’m playing along

  21. David L. Parker says:

    Beautiful Raven Riley ~ At paths intersection: coffee, dance tango, explore wondrous “NOW” of what “IS”; til then, be good, if not, be good at it ????… Be the happiness you seek “NOW” ~ David

  22. Rod Brantmeier says:

    She’s not scamming anyone. They’re are massive amounts of scammers out there doing that. I, for one, got scammed for $500 worth of itune cards.
    They never asked me for a specific amount but I picked that number myself to impress her.
    Later I found out a lady in Nigeria had access to her videos and pics. She had a great and believable story to tug at my heart strings.
    Yes, at first, I thought it was Sarah too but the quality of the English language gave it away. Please don’t be hard on Sarah Pate aka Raven Riley. Ok?

  23. Randall amos says:

    She has moved into scamming lonely guys, for the past year, I’ve Ben writing with her and video chats, and phone calls, she took me for close to $4000 in iTunes cards, plane tickets, bus tickets. When she couldn’t get more money out of me, she directed other girls on how to abuse my trust and took me for another $1000.00 though there efforts. I have reported her and her gang of scammers to the police, waiting to hear if they will Perdue charges against them?

    • Jakethesnake says:

      Raven never did any scamming it you numb skulls out there …you all deserve it …yes you are all that dumb ….not only raven but many other hot girls pics are stolen and used to scam all of you …you all probably voted for scammer donald trump …..geez get off the weed

  24. LEW ECKER says:

    Raven left the industry 6 years ago to start a new life. Why cant you jerks leave her alone and get a life of your own. you guys will do anything for a dollar you are pathetic.

  25. stan smith says:

    yes where can I get this movie

  26. Jeff christopher says:

    So where can I watch the movie?

  27. Rick Kisonak says:

    Phil, really fine piece. I enjoyed it almost as much as the fact that the If You Liked This section links your review to mine of the ghastly John Cusack dud, The Raven (http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/50097/), a picture no adult could possibly find entertaining. That’s an algorithm with one twisted sense of humor.

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